Airport '77 (1977)
Airport 1975 (1975)
This second sequel to Airport, after the box-office hit and critical flop Airport 1975, is less forceful – almost to the point of making excuses for itself – but at least it is a fairly credible and unpretentious flick, filled with a hall-of-fame of veteran Hollywood stars. Heading those is Jack Lemmon, who's able to be dependable in even the most unlikely of parts, such as this one, as a level-headed but remarkably heroic pilot. Around him, former Hollywood starlets are swooning and sobbing in the extremely luxurious and fashionable surroundings of a Boeing 747-100, whose fate is as doomed as the Airport series ultimately became. The film is more fascinating than fun, more tenable than tense, but at least it's never downright annoying or ludicrous. At this point in the disaster sub-genre, it seems everyone had accepted that disaster and death could (or even should) be meek, simple entertainment that didn't really leave a lasting impression. A sadly helpless James Stewart plays the owner of the airline, whose concern about his daughter and grandson on-board seems as trivial as his concern for a broken carburettor.